Dive into Historic Katong to Soak Up the Backstory on its Beach Bungalows, Pools, Churches & Cuisine. With an optional Eurasian style Lunch...
Nov
22
9:00 AM09:00

Dive into Historic Katong to Soak Up the Backstory on its Beach Bungalows, Pools, Churches & Cuisine. With an optional Eurasian style Lunch...

Ticket price:

$60 without lunch

$80 with lunch

Follow us to historic Katong near Singapore's East Coast, which has long been one of the most popular places for Eurasians to settle in Singapore. Our tour will start with a walk around the area to explore a number of historically and culturally significant places. 

We'll stroll along the neighbourhood's quaint side streets lined with old seaside bungalows that once brushed up against Singapore's original shoreline; some raised on stilts to stave off flooding and the wild critters that once lurked in great number. Learn about Katong's once-segregated swimming clubs that were built along the beach. We'll also visit the Parkway Hospital where its Eurasian founder Dr. Paglar practiced, the Church of the Holy Family where Eurasian families have worshiped, and St. Patrick's School where many Eurasian children have been educated.

We will visit Katong Park and the historic Goodman Arts Centre for a pottery demo. Plus a delightful artist's studio in the equally delightful Kuo Chuan Avenue (see photo above) to admire art & textiles as well as partake of "mid tour" refreshments.

We will finish our walk at the Eurasian Association for a conversation with some local residents, followed by an optional lunch at their restaurant Quentin's, which serves authentic (and delicious!) Eurasian fare.

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Marina Bay Feng Shui Talk and Walk
Nov
23
9:30 AM09:30

Marina Bay Feng Shui Talk and Walk

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Friday 23 November

$60 pax

With Singapore smack dab in the heart of Southeast Asia, it is no surprise to find a heavy influence of feng shui, the ancient Chinese art of creating harmony and balance. 

Is it because of its good feng shui that Singapore is one of the most prosperous cities in Southeast Asia? Why is the Marina Bay area so vibrant and such an attraction to visitors and locals? Are there feng shui elements to be uncovered in the many iconic landmarks that shape her skyline? Are there simple feng shui ideas that can be applied to each of us at the personal level? 

Sit down with Lucy Richardson from Feng Shui Focus who will first explain the basics of feng shui, followed by interesting feng shui facts about some of the iconic landmark buildings in the Marina Bay area. Lucy will also share take-away ideas on how to apply feng shui at home. 

After 45-60 minutes, it’s time to go out on our feng shui tour. Armed with the knowledge Lucy has given you, follow your guide to discover Marina Bay with your new feng shui eyes and have fun spotting those feng shui features!

May you embrace the auspicious qi as we end the tour!

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Kampong Glam
Nov
27
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Kampong Glam

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Price: $70

Explore the neighbourhood of Kampong Glam, the heart of Singapore’s Malay community. This is where the Malay Royalty once resided among Javanese, Sumatrans, Arabs, as well as Chinese communities, all of whom left their mark in different ways.

We will start in neighbouring Victoria Street and learn about the Malabar Muslim community, then we will visit tombs of the Malay royalty in one of the oldest cemeteries in Singapore, dating back to the 1820s.

In the cool ambience of the nearby Malay Heritage Centre (the former Sultan’s Palace) you will learn the colourful and delightful, at times even romantic, history, heritage and culture of Singapore's Malay community.

After a refreshing stop for coffee and local kueh (cakes), we'll walk through the streets and lanes and hear their stories — why one stretch of Bussorah Street was known as Kampong Kaji (Pilgrim Village) & part of Beach Road Kampong Tembaga (Copper Village). What made the residents of the Gudung Kuning (the Yellow Mansion) rich and famous? We will end by exploring a little gem of a mosque and one of the few founded by a woman — the Masjid Hajjah Fatimah — which has escaped the redevelopment of the area.

Please note confirmation of this tour includes the exact meeting place and will be sent by email to all those registered about 24 hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Verlocal message to all registered. 

Happy guests on past Tuesday Walking Tours are saying…….

I have been on many of Jane’s Tours, they are informative, fun, fascinating, just a true pleasure to spend time discovering this wonderful island. I’m always looking out for the next one.“

“I particularly love the Tuesday walks exploring the different distinct areas of Singapore...including Tiong Bahru, Kampong Glam, Geylang and The Botanic Gardens to name a few. Jane and her team are knowledgeable without being over -facing; interesting in the telling of local stories and fun to be with. “

“Jane’s tours are always fascinating. She recruits such excellent tour guides. We saw several temples and renovated shop houses. The history, diversity and cultural heritage of Singapore is so extensive and celebrated in these unique tours. Loved it thanks...”

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A Night at the Theatre with SRT — Guards at the Taj
Nov
28
7:00 PM19:00

A Night at the Theatre with SRT — Guards at the Taj

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Price:
Early birds until Nov 1 - $80/pax
Standard ticket - $90/pax

Description:
The scene is magical. It’s 1648 in Agra, India, as imperial guards and best friends Humayun and Babur keep watch as the final touches are put to the mighty Taj Mahal, a white marble bejeweled tomb built by a bereft emperor for his beloved favourite wife. The emperor has decreed that no one, except the masons, labourers and slaves who exist within those walls, shall turn to look at the building until it is complete. Now, as the building nears completion and the first light catches on the pure white domes behind them, the temptation to steal a glance at the most beautiful monument the world has ever seen grows stronger. But beauty has a price and Humayun and Babur are about to learn its true cost.

Guards at the Taj takes as its starting point an enduring legend and prompts contemporary audiences to revisit questions about art and privilege. The play explores beauty and power, trust and betrayal, humor and tragedy — the full spectrum of the human condition.

The play premiered at the Atlantic Theatre in New York to great acclaim in 2015 and is the recipient of both the Obie Award for Best New American Play and the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play (2016).

EXCLUSIVE for Jane’s Insiders:  Our special event includes not only the performance but also a short pre-show talk on this history of the Taj Mahal by lawyer turned historian Abha Kaul. This will be accompanied by a glass (or 2!) of wine and Indian munchies in a private reception area. Plus post show we'll enjoy Indian coffee and sweets, followed by a meet the cast. Come and connect with Jane and friends! 

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Journey to the West: Haw Par Villa, the Jurong Dragon Kiln & Beyond
Dec
1
9:00 AM09:00

Journey to the West: Haw Par Villa, the Jurong Dragon Kiln & Beyond

Saturday 1 December

Tickets $70 Adult $40 Child

Inspired by the legendary 16th-century tale of a Buddhist monk's pilgrimage to  the “Western Region,” this tour will be an exploration of Singapore’s western parts. Known mainly for its industrial zone and shipyards, Jurong will surprise you with its hills, gardens and national monuments. Learn about its important past and also about its vibrant future.

To honour the roots of the Journey to the West tale, we will start our journey with a visit to Singapore’s most bizarre and unforgettable attraction – Haw Par Villa, formerly known as the Tiger Balm Gardens. A true gem from a lost era, this one-of-its-kind theme park, with more than 1,000 quirky statues and gruesome depictions of the underworld, will introduce you to Chinese mythology and folklore.

Next we will head to Jurong Hill and The Eye in the Sky — the Jurong Hill Lookout Tower which hosted many foreign dignitaries including royalty. Its offers a panoramic view of the entire industrial zone. On the way there we will visit another heritage gem, Jurong Town Hall, a boldly futuristic building and a symbol of Singapore’s industrial push.

Our pilgrimage will continue at Nanyang University. Designed in the Chinese National style, blending both traditional Chinese and modern elements, the former university building is a witness to the history of the Chinese diaspora and education.

Last but not least will be our visit to the Dragon Kiln, one of the last surviving brick-built kilns in Singapore. The firing of this kiln takes place only twice a year and we will be there to witness this now fairly rare occurrence, and to understand and appreciate the disappearing art of wood-firing!

THIS WILL BE A FUN OUTING FOR CHILDREN TOO!

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Black & White Houses Tour
Dec
1
9:00 AM09:00

Black & White Houses Tour

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Price: $95/ticket

Step back into a more gracious era by visiting some of these beautiful and iconic colonial houses, set in green and tranquil oases. 

Learn about their history, architecture and role in Singapore's heritage. Plus hear the stories of who lived in them, why they were built, and how they are being used both as residences and commercial establishments these days. The oldest go back to the late 19th century, while most were built in the 1910s through 1930s. There are hundreds still scattered across Singapore, often near military bases.

We will visit three black & white houses in different parts of Singapore; we travel by air-conditioned coach and refreshments are also included in the price.

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Please sign up quickly though as this tour will be popular!


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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Telok Ayer, Where Gods & Goddesses Reside
Dec
4
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Telok Ayer, Where Gods & Goddesses Reside

This tour will explore the historic coast-line of Chinatown to explore the traditions, customs and religions brought here by large numbers of merchants, traders and coolies.

You will start on the south bank of the Singapore River and walk along Chulia Street, the former enclave of South Indian Chettiars. On the way to Telok Ayer Street you will learn more about the great diversity of the Chinese community in mid-19th century Singapore, and the spirit of mutual assistance as provided by the Clan Associations.

You will visit UNESCO awarded Wak Hai Cheng Bio and Tien Hock Keng temples – great examples of SEA temple architecture - where you will meet gods and goddesses and learn about Chinese religions and symbolism. You will discover that Chinatown was not only a Chinese enclave by visiting one of the oldest Indian Muslim mosques.

While admiring the beautiful facades of shophouses, you will climb to the highest point of Chinatown, Ann Siang Hill, before rounding our tour off at the URA (Urban Redevelopment Authority) with its very informative City Gallery.

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even “old timers” learn a lot. We keep to a maximum of 10 participants and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account — lots of water and air-con stops are included.

Please note confirmation of this tour including the exact meeting place etc will be sent via email to all those registered about 24-hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Peatix or Verlocal message to all registered.

We do need a minimum number of 6 to run these; occasionally we have to cancel due to insufficient numbers — but we try not to! (If we must, we’ll of course refund your payment.)

Please note that the cost of these tours is a little higher because we are keeping the group size small.

The quality, however, will be very high. And don’t just take it from us, here are comments from a recent Tuesday Small-Group Discovery tour:

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history."

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you."

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her tour. I'm looking forward to the next tour.”

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Black & White Houses Tour
Dec
5
9:00 AM09:00

Black & White Houses Tour

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Price: $95/ticket

Step back into a more gracious era by visiting some of these beautiful and iconic colonial houses, set in green and tranquil oases. 

Learn about their history, architecture and role in Singapore's heritage. Plus hear the stories of who lived in them, why they were built, and how they are being used both as residences and commercial establishments these days. The oldest go back to the late 19th century, while most were built in the 1910s through 1930s. There are hundreds still scattered across Singapore, often near military bases.

We will visit three black & white houses in different parts of Singapore; we travel by air-conditioned coach and refreshments are also included in the price.

Please sign up quickly though as this tour will be popular!

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Christmas at Eden Hall Charity Tour
Dec
6
5:00 PM17:00

Christmas at Eden Hall Charity Tour

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Date & Time 

Dec 6, 5PM - 7PM

Price

S$50/pax

Description

Eden Hall, the British High Commissioner's residence in Singapore, is a beautiful house at any time of the year but in the run up to Christmas, it becomes positively breathtaking! Come and join us for a guided tour where you will discover its 100 years of history, its architecture & its wonderful stories. Not only will you see the beauty of the house - especially when prepared for a formal occasion - and its artefacts and art, but also meet Mrs Anne Wightman, the current BHC’s wife, who will talk about living in such prestigious surroundings! And of course you will also enjoy some seasonal - British style - cheer; think mince pies and mulled wine. All proceeds from this tour will go to a charity of Mrs Wightman's choice. Please note that this will be incredibly popular, so please sign up quickly!

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Emerald Hill Walking Tour
Dec
7
9:00 AM09:00

Emerald Hill Walking Tour

Come & discover the history & stories behind one of Singapore's most beautiful enclaves. Situated a stone's throw from Orchard Road, it's like a little oasis of tranquility!

We will take a walk around its streets & visit 2 or 3 homes which will illustrate the way in which some of these lovely old "shophouses", which are mostly around 100 years old, have been adapted to a greater or lesser extent for modern living.

Discover the old railway track, and a little jewel of a Chinese temple, & hear your guide's personal memories of this fantastic conservation area.

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Tea and Talk with Prize Winning Author Josephine Chia in her Home
Dec
7
3:00 PM15:00

Tea and Talk with Prize Winning Author Josephine Chia in her Home

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Date & Time

7 Dec, 3 - 5pm

Price

$70/pax

Description

Come and visit Singapore Literature Prize Winner Josephine Chia in her cosy HDB flat in Farrer Park.

We'll make ourselves at home and chat with Josephine about her Peranakan heritage and her Kampong childhood. She'll share details and anecdotes on what inspired her to write her wide array of both fiction and non-fiction books.

And Josephine is not only an award-winning author, but an excellent cook as well, and has written cookery books. This cultural afternoon will also have us savouring the opportunity totaste some of her Peranakan delicacies such as curry puffs and mee goreng (spicy fried noodles).

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A Photography "Masterclass" with Award-Winning Photographer Tony Anderton: Session 2
Dec
8
5:00 PM17:00

A Photography "Masterclass" with Award-Winning Photographer Tony Anderton: Session 2

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Session 2 (Dec 8) S$60

Sessions 1 (Nov 17) and 2 (Dec 8) S$100

All you budding Annie Leibovitzes and David Baileys....come and learn more about how to make the most of your photographic opportunities, which are so abundant here in Singapore and the surrounding region. Join us for a "masterclass" with award-winning photographer Tony Anderton.

In the words of Tony himself: "The most rewarding and creative opportunities are right in front of you, things that lie in the everyday, in your personal interests and passions, literally in your backyard. The challenge and the exhilaration of photography is striving to capture the ordinary and the overlooked in a way that brings it to life and makes someone turn and look again. And you do not need state of the art, expensive and often intimidating equipment to make this happen."

So it matters not whether you have a fancy camera or are happy testing out your phone's capabilities!

The classes will take place in the beautiful, and exceedingly photogenic, Emerald Hill area. We'll start with an introductory session (on Nov 17) inside one of its lovely shophouses with Tony, after which you'll be let loose in the surrounding streets to try out the tips he's given you. Then back to base camp to review the preliminary results — with a glass of wine in hand — naturally 🍷📷🍷!! And a full sharing & review will take place at the second class on Dec 8th.

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walk: Hallelujah Churches at Christmas
Dec
11
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walk: Hallelujah Churches at Christmas

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Date: Tuesday 11 December

Time: 9am - 1230pm

Price: $70

Leave behind the hustle and bustle of the pre Christmas Orchard Road shopping frenzy and join us for a more spiritual experience in some of Singapore’s finest churches and cathedrals.

We will start at the majestic St Andrew’s Cathedral, a vibrant Protestant community with services carried out in 7 languages. Then we will follow in the footsteps of the French Catholic nuns who laid the foundations of the Convent, orphanage and the Chapel of the Convent of Holy Infant Jesus (CHIJ), now a busy social hub known as CHIJMES. 

Along Bras Basah Road at the impressive and newly restored Cathedral of the Good Shepherd, our oldest Roman Catholic church, we will enjoy its Bethlehem and Nativity Scene. We will also find out more about the admirable Father Beurel and La Salle Brothers who also founded nearby St Joseph's Institution. 

We will next admire the beauty of the once dilapidated, now restored to its former glory, Saints Peter and Paul Church in Queen Street, home to Chinese Christians. 

Having visited the Scottish, French, Eurasians and Chinese, we will complete the mosaic of the local Christian community by ending our tour at The Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, home to our Tamil Christians. 

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even "old timers" learn a lot. We keep to a max of 10 and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account; lots of water and air-con stops are included. Due to the small-group size the price is just a little higher.

Please note confirmation of this tour includes the exact meeting place and will be sent by email to all those registered about 24 hours in advance; this will be preceded by a peatix or verlocal message to all registered. 

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history".

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you".

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour."

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Christmas at Eden Hall Charity Tour
Dec
12
5:00 PM17:00

Christmas at Eden Hall Charity Tour

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Date & Time 

Dec 12, 5PM - 7PM

Price

S$50/pax

Description

Eden Hall, the British High Commissioner's residence in Singapore, is a beautiful house at any time of the year but in the run up to Christmas, it becomes positively breathtaking! Come and join us for a guided tour where you will discover its 100 years of history, its architecture & its wonderful stories. Not only will you see the beauty of the house - especially when prepared for a formal occasion - and its artefacts and art, but also meet Mrs Anne Wightman, the current BHC’s wife, who will talk about living in such prestigious surroundings! And of course you will also enjoy some seasonal - British style - cheer; think mince pies and mulled wine. All proceeds from this tour will go to a charity of Mrs Wightman's choice. Please note that this will be incredibly popular, so please sign up quickly!

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Civic District
Dec
18
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Civic District

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Date: Tuesday 18 Dec

Time: 9am - 1230pm

Price: $70

This tour will explore the historic Civic District with its beautiful and impressive colonial buildings - including the Fullerton Building (the old General Post Office), the National Gallery (former Supreme Court & City Hall buildings), the Asian Civilisations Museum, the Victoria Concert Hall & Theatre and the Arts House (the old Parliament building).

You will learn about why, how and when Sir Stamford Raffles arrived in this sparely populated island in January 1819 to set up a trading post on behalf of the East India Company, his vision for its future and how he devised an early city plan. You will also cross Cavenagh Bridge,the only suspension bridge in Singapore, made with strong Scottish steel. From there, you will learn about the importance of the Singapore River in our country's trading history.

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even “old timers” learn a lot. We keep to a maximum of 10 participants and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account — lots of water and air-con stops are included.

Please note confirmation of this tour including the exact meeting place etc will be sent via email to all those registered about 24-hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Verlocal message to all registered.

Here are comments from a recent Tuesday Small-Group Discovery tours:

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history."

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you."

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour.”

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Hallelujah Churches at Christmas
Dec
22
9:00 AM09:00

Hallelujah Churches at Christmas

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Date: Saturday 22 December

Time: 9am - 1230pm

Price: $70

Leave behind the hustle and bustle of the pre Christmas Orchard Road shopping frenzy and join us for a more spiritual experience in some of Singapore’s finest churches and cathedrals.

We will start at the majestic St Andrew’s Cathedral, a vibrant Protestant community with services carried out in 7 languages. Then we will follow in the footsteps of the French Catholic nuns who laid the foundations of the Convent, orphanage and the Chapel of the Convent of Holy Infant Jesus (CHIJ), now a busy social hub known as CHIJMES. 

Along Bras Basah Road at the impressive and newly restored Cathedral of the Good Shepherd, our oldest Roman Catholic church, we will enjoy its Bethlehem and Nativity Scene. We will also find out more about the admirable Father Beurel and La Salle Brothers who also founded nearby St Joseph's Institution. 

We will next admire the beauty of the once dilapidated, now restored to its former glory, Saints Peter and Paul Church in Queen Street, home to Chinese Christians. 

Having visited the Scottish, French, Eurasians and Chinese, we will complete the mosaic of the local Christian community by ending our tour at The Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, home to our Tamil Christians. 

Please note confirmation of this tour includes the exact meeting place and will be sent by email to all those registered about 24 hours in advance; this will be preceded by a peatix or verlocal message to all registered. 

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history".

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you".

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour."

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The Hidden Treasures of Orchard Road
Dec
27
9:30 AM09:30

The Hidden Treasures of Orchard Road

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Price: $70

Orchard Road — the name conjures up visions of glitzy shops, glamorous hotels and highi-end restaurants run by celebrity chefs. But dig a little deeper and you’ll unearth lesser known nooks and crannies which bear testament to its earlier years as an area replete with plantations, farms, and yes, orchards!

And just to prove this is a different Orchard Road, we'll start at the very...end! Starting at Dhoby Ghaut to learn the origins of its name, we'll visit one of the oldest churches in Singapore known as the “Scots Church,” nestled in beside Singapore’s incubators for art talents: SOTA and LaSalle.

A walk past the Istana Park for a glimpse of the official residence of the president of Singapore will remind us Singapore’s colonial roots, and you can also admire the nearby facade of the last remaining traditional southern Chinese mansion. And finally you will be blown away by the beauty of Emerald Hill with its Peranakan shophouses, a tucked-away enclave of tranquility a stone's throw from hustle and bustle of the Orchard shopping district.

Please note confirmation of this tour includes the exact meeting place and will be sent by email to all those registered about 24 hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Verlocal message to all registered.

Happy guests on past Tuesday Walking Tours are saying…

“I have been on many of Jane’s Tours, they are informative, fun, fascinating, just a true pleasure to spend time discovering this wonderful island. I’m always looking out for the next one.“

“I particularly love the Tuesday walks exploring the different distinct areas of Singapore...including Tiong Bahru, Kampong Glam, Geylang and The Botanic Gardens to name a few. Jane and her team are knowledgeable without being over -facing; interesting in the telling of local stories and fun to be with. “

“Jane’s tours are always fascinating. She recruits such excellent tour guides. We saw several temples and renovated shop houses. The history, diversity and cultural heritage of Singapore is so extensive and celebrated in these unique tours. Loved it thanks...”

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walk: Kampong Glam
Jan
15
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walk: Kampong Glam

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Price: $75

Explore the neighbourhood of Kampong Glam, the heart of Singapore’s Malay community. This is where the Malay Royalty once resided among Javanese, Sumatrans, Arabs, as well as Chinese communities, all of whom left their mark in different ways.

We will start in neighbouring Victoria Street and learn about the Malabar Muslim community, then we will visit tombs of the Malay royalty in one of the oldest cemeteries in Singapore, dating back to the 1820s.

In the cool ambience of the nearby Malay Heritage Centre (the former Sultan’s Palace) you will learn the colourful and delightful, at times even romantic, history, heritage and culture of Singapore's Malay community.

After a refreshing stop for coffee and local kueh (cakes), we'll walk through the streets and lanes and hear their stories — why one stretch of Bussorah Street was known as Kampong Kaji (Pilgrim Village) & part of Beach Road Kampong Tembaga (Copper Village). What made the residents of the Gudung Kuning (the Yellow Mansion) rich and famous? We will end by exploring a little gem of a mosque and one of the few founded by a woman — the Masjid Hajjah Fatimah — which has escaped the redevelopment of the area.

Please note confirmation of this tour includes the exact meeting place and will be sent by email to all those registered about 24 hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Verlocal message to all registered. 

Happy guests on past Tuesday Walking Tours are saying…….

I have been on many of Jane’s Tours, they are informative, fun, fascinating, just a true pleasure to spend time discovering this wonderful island. I’m always looking out for the next one.“

“I particularly love the Tuesday walks exploring the different distinct areas of Singapore...including Tiong Bahru, Kampong Glam, Geylang and The Botanic Gardens to name a few. Jane and her team are knowledgeable without being over -facing; interesting in the telling of local stories and fun to be with. “

“Jane’s tours are always fascinating. She recruits such excellent tour guides. We saw several temples and renovated shop houses. The history, diversity and cultural heritage of Singapore is so extensive and celebrated in these unique tours. Loved it thanks...”

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Support our Fringe Festival - Ayer Hitam, a Black History of Singapore
Jan
19
3:00 PM15:00

Support our Fringe Festival - Ayer Hitam, a Black History of Singapore

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Price $30

In this lecture performance, actress Sharon Frese explores the history and influence of the African diaspora in Singapore.

Dredging the archives, she shares images and documents relating to slavery, colonialism, jazz and nationalist struggle, reaffirming the value of black culture as part of our shared heritage.

This event is both a history lesson and a theatrical ritual. The creators commemorate the untold numbers of black men and women—enslaved, indentured and expatriate—who crossed the oceans into unknown territory.

They draw strength from these tides, which Indian convicts called the “black water”—in Hindi “kala pani”, or in Malay “ayer hitam”.

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Pulau Semakau, Singapore's "Trash" Island - Landfill Tour and Intertidal Walk
Jan
20
12:15 PM12:15

Pulau Semakau, Singapore's "Trash" Island - Landfill Tour and Intertidal Walk

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$95 per person

Let's talk trash. 

What we mean is, Singapore's Semakau Island. 

If you haven't "bin" there, it will definitely surprise you to know that lush green Semakau, which covers an area of about 3.5 square kilometres, is Singapore's first and only offshore landfill. 

It also happens to be an absolutely beautiful place with thriving wildlife of the avian and marine creature variety.

About 8 kilometres south of the main island of Singapore, we'll take the ferry over — a treat in itself! 

Upon landing on Semakau, we'll embark on a tour of the landfill facility to learn all about Singapore's approach to trash management before heading off on an intertidal walk 

PLEASE NOTE THAT ONLY SINGAPORE RESIDENTS (IE CITIZENS, PRS OR OTHERS ON RESIDENCY VISAS) MAY VISIT SEMAKAU. PLEASE PROVIDE EACH INDIVIDUAL'S NATIONALITY & SINGAPORE RESIDENCY DETAILS, INCLUDING IC/FIN NUMBER, WITH YOUR BOOKING. 

* This tour is not suitable for toddlers or children in strollers.

* There is a 30-minute walk from the jetty to the intertidal area.

ALSO WE ARE LIMITING THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE ON THIS TOUR TO 10 SO PLEASE BOOK EARLY.

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walk: The Hills & Plains of Chinatown, from Blair to Duxton
Jan
29
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walk: The Hills & Plains of Chinatown, from Blair to Duxton

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Price $75 /ticket

Singapore is no Mount Everest, but there used to be more hills than we see today; many having been levelled as Singapore has developed, with the earth moved and used in Singapore's ongoing land reclamation. Chinatown in particular used to be quite hilly back in the day, comprised of a handful of hillocks as well as flatter areas called "plains." 

Our journey will start at Blair Plain, a conservation area gazetted in 1991. Instead of luxurious meadows, you will find a beautiful pastel sea of predominantly Peranakan shophouses built in early 20th century for wealthy merchants escaping overcrowded and unsanitary Chinatown. We will also walk through one of the oldest HDB estates to climb up to 50th floor of The Pinnacle complex — the pride of Singapore’s public housing — for a bird eye's view of the area. 

After a short coffee break, it's onward to explore the rich tapestry of Duxton Plain, which comprises the Bukit Pasoh area and Keong Saik Road. Well known as a culinary destination for its great restaurants, we'll show you the fascinating heritage side of it — from its traditional clan associations to Chinese and Hindu temples. 

Please note confirmation of this tour includes the exact meeting place and will be sent by email to all those registered about 24 hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Verlocal message to all registered.

Happy guests on past Tuesday Walking Tours are saying…

“I have been on many of Jane’s Tours, they are informative, fun, fascinating, just a true pleasure to spend time discovering this wonderful island. I’m always looking out for the next one.“

“I particularly love the Tuesday walks exploring the different distinct areas of Singapore...including Tiong Bahru, Kampong Glam, Geylang and The Botanic Gardens to name a few. Jane and her team are knowledgeable without being over -facing; interesting in the telling of local stories and fun to be with. “

“Jane’s tours are always fascinating. She recruits such excellent tour guides. We saw several temples and renovated shop houses. The history, diversity and cultural heritage of Singapore is so extensive and celebrated in these unique tours. Loved it thanks...”

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Black & White Houses Tour
Jan
30
9:00 AM09:00

Black & White Houses Tour

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Price: $95/ticket

Step back into a more gracious era by visiting some of these beautiful and iconic colonial houses, set in green and tranquil oases. 

Learn about their history, architecture and role in Singapore's heritage. Plus hear the stories of who lived in them, why they were built, and how they are being used both as residences and commercial establishments these days. The oldest go back to the late 19th century, while most were built in the 1910s through 1930s. There are hundreds still scattered across Singapore, often near military bases.

We will visit three black & white houses in different parts of Singapore; we travel by air-conditioned coach and refreshments are also included in the price.

Please sign up quickly though as this tour will be popular!

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Black & White Houses Tour
Feb
15
9:00 AM09:00

Black & White Houses Tour

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Price: $95/ticket

Step back into a more gracious era by visiting some of these beautiful and iconic colonial houses, set in green and tranquil oases. 

Learn about their history, architecture and role in Singapore's heritage. Plus hear the stories of who lived in them, why they were built, and how they are being used both as residences and commercial establishments these days. The oldest go back to the late 19th century, while most were built in the 1910s through 1930s. There are hundreds still scattered across Singapore, often near military bases.

We will visit three black & white houses in different parts of Singapore; we travel by air-conditioned coach and refreshments are also included in the price.

Please sign up quickly though as this tour will be popular!

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Black & White Houses Tour
Feb
23
9:00 AM09:00

Black & White Houses Tour

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Price: $95/ticket

Step back into a more gracious era by visiting some of these beautiful and iconic colonial houses, set in green and tranquil oases. 

Learn about their history, architecture and role in Singapore's heritage. Plus hear the stories of who lived in them, why they were built, and how they are being used both as residences and commercial establishments these days. The oldest go back to the late 19th century, while most were built in the 1910s through 1930s. There are hundreds still scattered across Singapore, often near military bases.

We will visit three black & white houses in different parts of Singapore; we travel by air-conditioned coach and refreshments are also included in the price.

Please sign up quickly though as this tour will be popular!

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Black & White Houses Tour
Mar
22
9:00 AM09:00

Black & White Houses Tour

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Price: $95/ticket

Step back into a more gracious era by visiting some of these beautiful and iconic colonial houses, set in green and tranquil oases. 

Learn about their history, architecture and role in Singapore's heritage. Plus hear the stories of who lived in them, why they were built, and how they are being used both as residences and commercial establishments these days. The oldest go back to the late 19th century, while most were built in the 1910s through 1930s. There are hundreds still scattered across Singapore, often near military bases.

We will visit three black & white houses in different parts of Singapore; we travel by air-conditioned coach and refreshments are also included in the price.

Please sign up quickly though as this tour will be popular!

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walk: The Hidden Treasures of Orchard Road
Nov
20
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walk: The Hidden Treasures of Orchard Road

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Date: Tuesday 20 Nov

Time: 9am - 1230pm

Price: $70

Orchard Road — the name conjures up visions of glitzy shops, glamorous hotels and highi-end restaurants run by celebrity chefs. But dig a little deeper and you’ll unearth lesser known nooks and crannies which bear testament to its earlier years as an area replete with plantations, farms, and yes, orchards!

And just to prove this is a different Orchard Road, we'll start at the very...end! Starting at Dhoby Ghaut to learn the origins of its name, we'll visit one of the oldest churches in Singapore known as the “Scots Church,” nestled in beside Singapore’s incubators for art talents: SOTA and LaSalle.

A walk past the Istana Park for a glimpse of the official residence of the president of Singapore will remind us Singapore’s colonial roots, and you can also admire the nearby facade of the last remaining traditional southern Chinese mansion. And finally you will be blown away by the beauty of Emerald Hill with its Peranakan shophouses, a tucked-away enclave of tranquility a stone's throw from hustle and bustle of the Orchard shopping district.

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even “old timers” learn a lot. We keep to a maximum of 10 participants and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account — lots of water and air-con stops are included.

Here are comments from a recent Tuesday Small-Group Discovery tour:

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history."

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you."

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour.”

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A Photography "Masterclass" with Award-Winning Photographer Tony Anderton: Session 1
Nov
17
5:00 PM17:00

A Photography "Masterclass" with Award-Winning Photographer Tony Anderton: Session 1

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Session 1 (Nov 17) S$60

Sessions 1 (Nov 17) and 2 (Dec 8) S$100

All you budding Annie Leibovitzes and David Baileys....come and learn more about how to make the most of your photographic opportunities, which are so abundant here in Singapore and the surrounding region. Join us for a "masterclass" with award-winning photographer Tony Anderton.

In the words of Tony himself: "The most rewarding and creative opportunities are right in front of you, things that lie in the everyday, in your personal interests and passions, literally in your backyard. The challenge and the exhilaration of photography is striving to capture the ordinary and the overlooked in a way that brings it to life and makes someone turn and look again. And you do not need state of the art, expensive and often intimidating equipment to make this happen."

So it matters not whether you have a fancy camera or are happy testing out your phone's capabilities!

The class will take place in the beautiful, and exceedingly photogenic, Emerald Hill area. We'll start with an introductory session inside one of its lovely shophouses with Tony, after which you'll be let loose in the surrounding streets to try out the tips he's given you. Then back to base camp to review the results — with a glass of wine in hand — naturally 🍷📷🍷!!

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Bukit Brown Walk — Exploring our Sikh Heritage
Nov
17
9:00 AM09:00

Bukit Brown Walk — Exploring our Sikh Heritage

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Date & Time 17 Nov 9am - 12.30pm

Price $60/pax

Join us for a walk around the iconic Bukit Brown cemetery, the largest Chinese cemetery outside of China, with Claire Leow, co-founder of All Things Bukit Brown. This will be a wonderful way to not only explore this lovely area which is not only a cemetery, but also a heritage park with a lush forest setting.

There we will learn about Singapore's history & both Chinese culture and traditions as well as how they merge with other cultural influences, such as the lovely Peranakan tiles on many of the graves as well as the Sikh tomb guardians.

We will particularly focus on Sikhism in Singapore which has its roots in the military and policing forces of the British Empire, with the earliest Sikh arriving in 1849. Forever associated with protection, they were the chosen guardians of several prominent Chinese people for their Bukit Brown tombs, as shown in the photo above.

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Le Beaujolais Nouveau Arrive! Come & Partake in our Heritage Shophouse Soiree
Nov
16
7:00 PM19:00

Le Beaujolais Nouveau Arrive! Come & Partake in our Heritage Shophouse Soiree

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Early Bird: $80 (Until 16 October)

Standard Price: $90

Description

Beaujolais Nouveau Day is marked in France on the third Thursday in November with fireworks, music, and festivals. Under French law, the wine is released at 12:01 am, just weeks after the grapes have been harvested. Join us for an exclusive and elegant evening of French music, wine, and cheese at a lovely heritage shophouse in the beautiful Blair Road conservation area. The residents of this delightful home have kindly invited us in to enjoy its enchanting ambience and Jane will be on hand to talk about the history and architecture of the house and the area. 

As a special treat Geraldine Bablot of Ewineasia is sharing three Beaujolais vintages, Le Nouveau 2018 from Georges Duboeuf, Domaine Du Vissoux Beaujolais Coeur de Vendanges 2017, and Domaine Du Vissoux Saint Amour 2017. Geraldine will give a brief talk about the history and tradition of the annual Beaujolais Nouveau Day, which is now celebrated worldwide. 

Be among the first to enjoy this young, fun vintage alongside divine French cheeses, whilst listening to the delightful chanteuse Nathalie Ribette. 

Three glasses of wine are included in your ticket. Additional bottles will be available for purchase, should you wish to sample a bit more. We’re also showcasing a wonderful selection of French cheeses to accompany du vin!

We invite event attendees to dress to impress for this très chic evening.

Vive la France et vive le Beaujolais Nouveau!

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Finding Maria — The Maria Hertogh History & Literary Walk
Nov
14
10:00 AM10:00

Finding Maria — The Maria Hertogh History & Literary Walk

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Date: Wednesday 14 November

Time: 10am - 1pm

Price: $50

As part of this year's Singapore Writers Festival we bring you a unique opportunity to retrace the steps of literary heroes from the books of Dawn Farnham, a very international lady who although now living in Australia, spent 12 happy years in Singapore, working as a Friends of the Museums volunteer docent, guiding in ACM and the Peranakan Museum. Finding Maria is a study of the brutality of war and Singapore’s post-war years brought to vivid life by the immaculate research Dawn is known for.

This fictional story (previously published under the title A Crowd of Twisted Things) is based on the turbulent times of 1950s, when Singapore went through a series of racial and religious riots. Tensions had been simmering for months over the custody battle for wartime waif Maria Hertogh between her Malay-Muslim foster mother and her Dutch-Catholic biological parents & this case brought things to a violent and divisive end.

Our tour will start at the Harmony in Diversity Gallery describing the journey of Singapore’s unique identity. and where we will find out more about the Maria Hertogh case. We'll then hop on the MRT to explore the type of place where Maria was kept during the court hearings (& where Dawn's character Joseph was housed as an orphan), before finishing our tour at the National Gallery (the former Supreme Court) where the final dramatic events took place. Dawn will meet us there for a discussion and book signing.

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Black & White Houses Tour
Nov
14
9:00 AM09:00

Black & White Houses Tour

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Step back into a more gracious era by visiting some of these beautiful and iconic colonial houses, set in green and tranquil oases. 

Learn about their history, architecture and role in Singapore's heritage. Plus hear the stories of who lived in them, why they were built, and how they are being used both as residences and commercial establishments these days. The oldest go back to the late 19th century, while most were built in the 1910s through 1930s. There are hundreds still scattered across Singapore, often near military bases.

We will visit three black & white houses in different parts of Singapore; we travel by air-conditioned coach and refreshments are also included in the price.

Please sign up quickly though as this tour will be popular!

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: The Hills & Plains of Chinatown, from Blair to Duxton
Nov
13
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: The Hills & Plains of Chinatown, from Blair to Duxton

Date: Tuesday 13 November

Time: 9am - 12:30pm

Price: $70

Singapore is no Mount Everest, but there used to be more hills than we see today, many having been leveled as Singapore has developed, with the earth moved and used in Singapore's ongoing land reclamation.

Chinatown in particular used to be quite hilly back in the day, comprised of a handful of hillocks as well as flatter areas called "plains." Our journey will start at Blair Plain, a conservation area gazetted in 1991. Instead of luxurious meadows, you will find a beautiful pastel sea of predominantly Peranakan shophouses built in early 20th century for wealthy merchants escaping overcrowded and unsanitary Chinatown.

We will also walk through one of the oldest HDB estates to climb up to 50th floor of the nearby modern “The Pinnacle” complex — the pride of Singapore’s public housing — for a bird eye's view of the area. After a short coffee break, it's onward to explore the rich tapestry of Duxton Plain, which comprises the Bukit Pasoh area and Keong Saik Road.

Well known as a culinary destination for its great restaurants, we'll show you the fascinating heritage side of it — from its traditional clan associations to Chinese and Hindu temples. From Blair Road, we'll head over to Spottiswoode Park Road, then Everton Road — crossing over to have a look at Everton Park, an old HDB estate.

We'll return via Keong Saik Road to visit Hindu Sri Layan Vinayagar Temple and Chinese Cundhi Gong Temple.

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even “old timers” learn a lot.

We keep to a maximum of 10 participants and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account — lots of water and air-con stops are included.

Please note confirmation of this tour including the exact meeting place etc will be sent via email to all those registered about 24-hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Peatix or Verlocal message to all registered.

Please note that the cost of these tours is a little higher because we are keeping the group size small. The quality, however, will be very high.

And don’t just take it from us, here are comments from a recent Tuesday Small-Group Discovery tour:

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history."

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you."

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour.”

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World War II: Part 2, The Occupation
Nov
10
8:45 AM08:45

World War II: Part 2, The Occupation

The Japanese occupation of Singapore had a major impact on both the psyche and the history of Singapore; things would literally never be the same.

Learn about the 3-and-a-half years that Singapore was Syonan-To, and the reality and repercussions of that occupation, including the Sook Ching massacres. With our experienced guide, we will visit WWII sites, including the Sook Ching Memorial site, Changi beach, Changi Chapel & Museum, and the old Ford Factory.

Hear personal recollections of the impact of the war years on his family, his community and the country as a whole. The tour will include refreshments in Changi village or museum.

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Green Singapore Walking Tour: Migratory Birds at Sungei Buloh
Nov
10
8:00 AM08:00

Green Singapore Walking Tour: Migratory Birds at Sungei Buloh

Swoop in and join us for the very first of our dedicated migratory bird-watching tours. 

Our very experienced and knowledgeable guide — a bird expert who guides for NParks and the STB as well as for ourselves  — will take our bevy of feather fanatics and tweet seekers through the delightful Sungei Buloh Wetlands. When our guide points out areas of particular interest, including many species of our winged friends, you'll be one happy flappy birder. We will also look at the historical significance of the area, including some significant WWII sites.

After a 2.5-hour walk, we will go to the nearby — and well known — Bollywood Veggies for refreshments (included in the price) before heading back to town.

Please note you have a choice of meeting us at Dempsey at 8am to drive up to the Reserve, or to meet us there at 8:30am; tickets are priced for these 2 options accordingly ($50 or $60 per person). The relevant directions will be sent to you a few days before the walk.

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A Very Special Black & Wine & Music Evening with Violin Virtuoso Ayke Agus
Nov
9
7:00 PM19:00

A Very Special Black & Wine & Music Evening with Violin Virtuoso Ayke Agus

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Date: Friday 9 November

Time: 7pm - 10pm

Price:
Early bird (book by October 19) - $110
Standard - $120

Please join us for another very special evening in one of Singapore's iconic "Black & White" houses in Alexandra Park (the full address will be sent to those who register a few days in advance).

Hosted by the residents of this beautiful home, you will learn its history with Jane, who will also lead you on tours of the house.

We are delighted that the evening will culminate in a concert by world renowned classical violinist Ayke Agus who is passing through Singapore from her home in the USA .

Through the Grapevine will be providing the all important wine - 2 glasses are included with your ticket, more will be available to purchase. Cheese & canapes will also be served.

Please register asap as this one will sell out! 

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Singapore's Tallest, Greenest, and Newest: A Modern Architecture Walk around Bugis
Nov
9
9:00 AM09:00

Singapore's Tallest, Greenest, and Newest: A Modern Architecture Walk around Bugis

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Date: Friday 9 November

Time: 9am - 1230pm

Price:

Adult $60

Children under 12 $30

An area named after the Bugis seafarers whose trading activities connected Singapore with the archipelago, and later home to the Hainanese and Japanese communities, Bugis also gained notoriety for its vibrant night life.

Today, the area is not only characterised by an eclectic mix of the old and the new, including bustling mixed use emporia offering entertainment, shopping, eating opportunities, a wide range of hotel and office spaces, but also some of Singapore's most interesting (post-)modern buildings: Ken Yeang's eco-friendly National Library, WOHA's luminescent Bugis+, Ole Scheeren's DUO, the dense art deco style Parkview Square, and I.M. Pei's trapezoidal The Gateway.

We will explore some of the most interesting passageways and plazas, innovative features such as climatized 'indoor streets', the imaginative shape of many buildings, many of which come in two blocks, and how the past is kept alive through memory markers and replicas.

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Geylang: The Final Frontier?
Nov
8
9:00 AM09:00

Geylang: The Final Frontier?

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Date: 8 November Thurs

Time: 9am - 1230pm

Price: $60

Geylang conjures up an image of a red-light district, which indeed it is. But it’s so much more than brothels and cheap eats.

Scratch the surface and you'll find a wonderful ethnic mélange with a dominant Chinese character. Today’s Geylang is home to numerous Chinese religious associations and temples, and also a mosque named after a female benefactor, plus churches and a Hindu temple.

Come walk the streets with us to learn its many secrets, including which lorongs (lanes) are "respectable" and which are not!

We will visit some beautiful homes, a traditional Chinese instruments shop and a medical hall, and further, we’ll delight in best examples of “Chinese Baroque” architecture with the lavish use of tiles and ornate plasterwork.

Along the way, we’ll discover many other hidden facets of Geylang, an under-rated and misunderstood gem!

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Coffee (or tea!) with a Diva... in the Elegant Setting of a Beautiful Black & White House
Nov
7
11:00 AM11:00

Coffee (or tea!) with a Diva... in the Elegant Setting of a Beautiful Black & White House

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Date: Wednesday 7 November

Time: 11am - 2pm

Price:
Early Bird (book by October 17) - $50
Standard - $60

Description:
Please join us for a very special morning in one of Singapore's iconic "Black & White" houses in Alexandra Park (the full address will be sent to those who register a few days in advance).

Hosted by the residents of this beautiful home, you will learn its history with Jane, who will also lead you on tours of the house.

You will have the opportunity to meet world renowned classical violin and piano virtuoso Ayke Agus who will tell her incredible story of growing up in rural Java through her apprenticeship with Russian teacher to her life in the USA (she currently lives in Los Angeles).

She will also demonstrate her amazing talent on both instruments.

Tea, coffee and cakes will be served. Please register asap as this one will sell out!

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Fort Canning, Cannons, Cannonballs & Buried Kings — A Gem of History & Nature
Nov
6
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Fort Canning, Cannons, Cannonballs & Buried Kings — A Gem of History & Nature

Date: Tuesday 6 November

Time: 9am - 1230pm

Price: $70

Fort Canning is a microcosm of Singapore being witness to and reflecting over 700 years of Singapore’s history. From the heyday of the Malay kings of “Temasek” until British arrival in 1819, the hill has been the site for the seat of power. It’s been instrumental in the island’s trading economy; it has had military aspiration and witnessed some of the most dramatic events of Singapore’s past. Nowadays an urban park - a veritable green island in the heart of the city, Fort Canning has many stories to tell.

Starting at the foot of the Hill, we will first explore some of our island's oldest landmarks such as the Armenian Church, Central Fire Station and Masonic Lodge. We will then climb up through lush oasis of majestic trees to the vantage point with flagstaff to be carried away by tales of ancient kings and bathing princesses, the accounts of early Chinese explorers and traders and British colonial settlers. 

Our stop on the Hill will be to learn about the dramatic events which took place in its underground bunker in the days leading up to the Japanese invasion in 1942. Then we will wander through former Christian Cemetery ground and explore few prominent burials among the graves to discover an interesting connection… 

We will finish our tour in the cooling air of the nearby National Museum of Singapore, where we will learn more about the history and architecture of Singapore's oldest museum.

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even "old timers" learn a lot. We keep to a max of 10 and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account; lots of water and air-con stops are included. Due to the small-group size the price is just a little higher.

Please note confirmation of this tour includes the exact meeting place and will be sent by email to all those registered about 24 hours in advance; this will be preceded by a peatix or verlocal message to all registered. 

We do need a minimum number of 6 to run these; occasionally we have to cancel due to insufficient numbers — but we try not to!

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history".

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you".

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour."

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In the Footsteps of Crazy Rich Asians — Daytime Tour
Nov
5
9:00 AM09:00

In the Footsteps of Crazy Rich Asians — Daytime Tour

Date: Monday 5 November

Time: 9am - 1pm

Price: $95

If you haven’t gotten your fix of Crazy Rich Asians (CRA) — and who has!! — join our unique "In the Footsteps of Crazy Rich Asians" tour. We’ll take you to some of the wonderful real sites featured in Kevin Kwan's best-selling book and just-premiered blockbuster movie as well as places that inspired the storyline and characters. Whether you've lived in Singapore all your life or you're just in town for a visit, we'll take you into the head-spinning world of Crazy Rich Asians and expose some pretty fascinating facets of our little island of contrasts.

Singapore is one of the main characters in Kwan’s book thanks to its unique blend of cultures and traditions. Likewise, it plays a starring role in the dazzling film adaption as well, given the full Hollywood treatment thanks to its eclectic mix of historic architecture and modern marvels framed by the island’s lush tropical foliage.

Jane’s "In the Footsteps of Crazy Rich Asians" tour mixes real and fictional locations from the film and book (from grandmother’s grand estate to a classic hawker center where Nick and Rachel enjoy a feast with friends Colin and Araminta) with bona fide Singaporean culture and history along the way.

With Singapore as its glamorous backdrop, it’s no surprise that the Crazy Rich Asians film is garnering raves and attention in Singapore and all over the world. Book your tickets now for this limited engagement.

Recent Review:

I was lucky enough to be on the first “Crazy Rich Asian” tour of Singapore and highly recommend it. The commentary about the life of Singapore’s rich and how they live, was well researched and a fun way to hear lots of information very relevant to Singapore in the past and present. We visited Singapore streets and locations where the movie was filmed, that you would never find yourself and a couple of refreshment stops along the way. If you loved the movie and want to hear more about life in Singapore, this tours for you.

PS: Jane got to meet handsome Henry Golding, the film's leading man, at the Singapore movie premier...see picture below! Also in our FB feed — https://www.facebook.com/JanesSGTours/.     

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Deepavali Evening Walk & Dinner in Little India
Nov
2
6:30 PM18:30

Deepavali Evening Walk & Dinner in Little India

Come and revel in one of the most joyous and colourful festivals in Singapore! Deepavali, also known as Diwali, is the Hindu festival of lights and marks a new beginning — the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil. Shanti, your Singaporean Indian guide, will lead you through the narrow alleys and tell you stories from epic tales.

You will enter one of Singapore’s most important temples — the Sri Veeramakaliaman — and learn about the faith of Hinduism. This year the celebration of Deepavali falls in early November. During the entire month, Little India is transformed into a glittering bazaar where families go to buy everything needed for the auspicious day. See the myriad colours of oil lamps and dresses fit for a princess.

Gold jewellery gleams through shop windows and stores sell sweet goodies to be shared amongst loved ones. Learn how to drape that most elegant of women's outfits, the sari. We will end the tour with a delicious "thali" dinner in one of Shanti's favourite restaurants. Please do join up quickly as we're limiting this tour to 13 people — it will sell out fast!

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The Straits Quartet Literary Walk & Meet The Author Tour
Nov
2
9:00 AM09:00

The Straits Quartet Literary Walk & Meet The Author Tour

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Date: Fri 2 Nov

Time: 9am - 1230pm

Price: $50

As part of this year's Singapore Writers Festival we bring you a unique opportunity to retrace the steps of literary heroes from the books of Dawn Farnham, a very international lady who although now living in Australia, spent 12 happy years in Singapore, working as a Friends of the Museums volunteer docent, guiding in ACM and the Peranakan Museum.

The Red Thread is the first book of her Straits Quartet, a passionate and best-selling series of historical fiction set in19th-century Singapore.

Her Thread becomes ours as we walk from Chinatown through Boat Quay and the Civic District and bring to life the colourful characters of this book, the two main protagonists and lovers — Zhen, once a coolie and a member of the triad, and Charlotte, an 18-year-old Scottish girl — together with real figures from Singapore’s historical past.

Let’s step back in time into the heady atmosphere of old Singapore where piracy, crime, triads and tigers were commonplace, and different worlds struggled to create mutual understanding. Our tour will take a break at the Asian Civilisations Museum where we will meet the author for a discussion and the opportunity to have her sign your book/s. After which we will walk past the oldest building in Singapore and end at the oldest Christian church.

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Deepavali Evening Walk & Dinner in Little India
Nov
1
6:30 PM18:30

Deepavali Evening Walk & Dinner in Little India

Come and revel in one of the most joyous and colourful festivals in Singapore! Deepavali, also known as Diwali, is the Hindu festival of lights and marks a new beginning — the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil. Shanti, your Singaporean Indian guide, will lead you through the narrow alleys and tell you stories from epic tales.

You will enter one of Singapore’s most important temples — the Sri Veeramakaliaman — and learn about the faith of Hinduism. This year the celebration of Deepavali falls in early November. During the entire month, Little India is transformed into a glittering bazaar where families go to buy everything needed for the auspicious day. See the myriad colours of oil lamps and dresses fit for a princess.

Gold jewellery gleams through shop windows and stores sell sweet goodies to be shared amongst loved ones. Learn how to drape that most elegant of women's outfits, the sari. We will end the tour with a delicious "thali" dinner in one of Shanti's favourite restaurants. Please do join up quickly as we're limiting this tour to 13 people — it will sell out fast!

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Little India - Cattle, Jasmine, Spice & All Things Nice
Oct
30
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Little India - Cattle, Jasmine, Spice & All Things Nice

Date: Tuesday 30 October

Time: 9am - 1230pm

Price: $70

Explore the heart and soul of Singapore’s Indian community — Little India. It is today a heritage district associated with vibrant colours, loud music, the fragrance of flowers and spices, and an eclectic mix of houses.

But on this tour, you will be hearing not just about its present-day vibrancy, but also its early days of cattle slaughtering, horse racing, baby delivering and more! Your tour starts from the corner of Rochor and Perak roads where you will see a lesser known, religiously diverse, and contrastingly hipster section of Little India.

You will find out about the different community groups worshipping at the religious spaces there, which includes a visit to the historical and architecturally marvellous Abdul Gaffoor Mosque.

Check out the area's new hip-quotient and find out how old run-down buildings found a new identity, from a former-school-turned-hotel (Wanderlust Hotel) to numerous budget backpacker’s lodgings as well as cafes and restaurants serving an international menu.

Moovvve on to Campbell Lane (one of the many roads with a European name), and Buffalo and Kerbau roads (names associated with cattle), to discover traditional Indian trades, food, customs, attire, decorations and businesses, and uncover the significance of each.

A short break at Tekka Centre will allow sampling of local fare and observe where and how locals live and shop. Along the way, you will get to see the last remaining Chinese villa in Little India and the only North Indian temple in Singapore (see if you can spot it). A must visit is the Sri Veerakaliamman Temple, a national monument, where you learn to appreciate the symbolism and meaning behind Hinduism and its rituals.

We will end at Mustafa Centre, the 24-hour mega-mart, where you can enjoy some retail therapy or just browse through the mind-boggling variety of goods, a reported 300,000 items.

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even “old timers” learn a lot. We keep to a maximum of 10 participants and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account — lots of water and air-con stops are included.

Please note confirmation of this tour including the exact meeting place etc will be sent via email to all those registered about 24-hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Peatix or Verlocal message to all registered.

We do need a minimum number of 6 to run these; occasionally we have to cancel due to insufficient numbers — but we try not to! (If we must, we’ll of course refund your payment.)

Please note that the cost of these tours is a little higher because we are keeping the group size small.

The quality, however, will be very high. And don’t just take it from us, here are comments from a recent Tuesday Small-Group Discovery tour:

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history."

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you."

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour.”

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Five Star Dining with Wine Pairing at the Culinary Institute of America
Oct
27
7:00 PM19:00

Five Star Dining with Wine Pairing at the Culinary Institute of America

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Date: Saturday 27 October

Time: 7pm - 11pm

Price: 

Standard with transport from Dempsey Hill $138.00 SGD

Standard without transport from Dempsey Hill $128.00 SGD

We’re collaborating with the Culinary Institute of America (CIA)—Singapore, the only CIA outside of the United States, for a very special food and wine pairing dinner; see menu below.

Widely recognised as the premier culinary college in the world, in 2010 CIA partnered with the Singapore Institute of Technology to open its first international campus. Join us to learn about how the CIA came to Singapore and to discover how a chef’s journey begins by spending an evening enjoying the students’ delectable array of dishes and curated wine pairings.

Since wine will be involved, we're offering you a choice of transport from Dempsey to Tampines, or to meet us there if you live close to the Tampines campus.

Menu

MUSHROOM DUXELLE AND GOAT CHEESE PROFITEROLE

Champagne Chapuy Brut Tradition N.V

TARTARE DE SAUMON PREPARED TABLESIDE: RAW SALMON, POTATO GAUFRETTE, MIXED GREENS

Chateau Beau Mayne Blanc 2016

CONFIT DE CANARD: CRISP SALT-CURED DUCK LEG, PUY LENTILS, PARSNIP PUREE

OR

COURGE BUTTERNUT AVEC MELANGE DE GRAINES: BUTTERNUT SQUASH, PUFFED GRAINS AND WALNUT BUTTER

Domaine Maratray Dubreuil Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2015

BANANES FLAMBÉS PREPARED TABLESIDE: WARM BANANAS, BROWN SUGAR, PANDAN ICE CREAM

Chateau Rieussec Sauternes 2009

AMERICAN COFFEE OR TEA

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World War II, Part 1: The Invasion
Oct
27
8:40 AM08:40

World War II, Part 1: The Invasion

Learn about the Japanese invasion in 1942, and the events leading up to the unexpected capitulation of "Fortress Singapore."

Visit WWII sites including the Kranji War Memorial, the landing beaches and battlefield sites on Singapore's North coast, and an amazing little treasure of a museum in Pasir Panjang, which commemorates the heroic last stand by the Malay Regiment in the last battle for Singapore.

The route we will take from Kranji to Pasir Panjang will be that taken by the Japanese troops as they overran the island. We will also pass by a number of other significant places such as the Last Defence Pillbox and the old Ford Factory, the site of the surrender of the Allies to the Japanese.

Noted battlefield archaeologist Jon Cooper will be a guest expert on the tour; he's the author of Tigers in the Park, a book that details life in Adam Park during WWII, and creator of the virtual museum, www.adamparkproject.com.

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Tales of the Singapore River Bank Including Spiffy New Robertson Quay
Oct
23
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Tales of the Singapore River Bank Including Spiffy New Robertson Quay

Date: Tuesday 23 October

Time: 9am - 1230pm

Price: $70

On this tour we will follow a living tale of people that shaped Singapore. 

From Orang Laut and their sacred stone through ancient majesty of Temasek to the flocks of trading ships and multitude of Immigrants looking to build a better life in 19th century. 

From the Fullerton hotel, which previously served as the colony's General Post Office, we will walk across Cavenagh Bridge - Singapore’s oldest bridge, we will walk along magnificent colonial buildings with great view of shophouses of Boat Quay up to former canneries, ice houses and godowns at Clarke Quay. 

We will visit the River House, one of only two traditional Chinese houses remaining in Singapore. 

The walk will also take us to Tan Si Chong Su Temple, which used to face the former river island of Pulau Saigon, visit Masjid Omar Kampong Melaka, the oldest mosque in Singapore to end our journey at Thong Chai Medical Institution, where free medical treatment saved the lives of thousands of coolies.

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even "old timers" learn a lot. We keep to a max of 10 and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account; lots of water and air-con stops are included. Due to the small-group size the price is just a little higher.

Please note confirmation of this tour includes the exact meeting place and will be sent by email to all those registered about 24 hours in advance; this will be preceded by a peatix or verlocal message to all registered. 

We do need a minimum number of 6 to run these; occasionally we have to cancel due to insufficient numbers — but we try not to!

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history".

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you".

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour."

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Black & White Houses Tour
Oct
20
9:00 AM09:00

Black & White Houses Tour

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Step back into a more gracious era by visiting some of these beautiful and iconic colonial houses, set in green and tranquil oases. 

Learn about their history, architecture and role in Singapore's heritage. Plus hear the stories of who lived in them, why they were built, and how they are being used both as residences and commercial establishments these days. The oldest go back to the late 19th century, while most were built in the 1910s through 1930s. There are hundreds still scattered across Singapore, often near military bases.

We will visit three or four black & white houses in different parts of Singapore; we travel by air-conditioned coach and refreshments are also included in the price.

Please sign up quickly though as this tour will be popular!

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Black & White Houses Tour
Oct
19
9:00 AM09:00

Black & White Houses Tour

Step back into a more gracious era by visiting some of these beautiful and iconic colonial houses, set in green and tranquil oases. 

Learn about their history, architecture and role in Singapore's heritage. Plus hear the stories of who lived in them, why they were built, and how they are being used both as residences and commercial establishments these days. The oldest go back to the late 19th century, while most were built in the 1910s through 1930s. There are hundreds still scattered across Singapore, often near military bases.

We will visit three or four black & white houses in different parts of Singapore; we travel by air-conditioned coach and refreshments are also included in the price.

Please sign up quickly though as this tour will be popular!

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MacRitchie Tree Top Walk
Oct
19
8:30 AM08:30

MacRitchie Tree Top Walk

Come explore Singapore's oldest reservoir with us...named for James MacRitchie, one of our pioneering Municipal Engineers, who was also responsible for Lau Pa Sat market, Coleman Bridge and much more; see the plaque below.

These days it's a haven of peace, and abode to many of our furry friends - think monkeys! - and our specialist nature guide will point out flora & fauna to us throughout our walk.

Starting at the Windsor Nature Park Visitor Centre (Windsor Park is a new green buffer zone for the Central Catchment Nature Reserve), we'll walk to the site of an old kampong, and then parallel to the road leading to the SICC golf club. Once past SICC, the walk will lead us into the secondary forest and then to an NParks Ranger Station.

From there, it is another 10 minutes to the start of the Tree-top Walk, a free-standing 250-metre suspension bridge that connects the park's two highest points (Bukit Pierce and Bukit Kalang) for a bird's eye view of the plants and animals that thrive in the forest canopy. At its highest point, the bridge is 25 metres above the ground. Enjoy a look around from above instead of the usual ground-level. 

After the canopy walk we'll loop back and return to Windsor Nature Park. 

Expect about four hours in the forest, so good walking shoes are essential. 

The price is $60 per adult, $30 per child.

(Early Bird tickets fully booked)

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A Night at the Theatre with Pangdemonium — Peter and the Starcatcher
Oct
18
7:15 PM19:15

A Night at the Theatre with Pangdemonium — Peter and the Starcatcher

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Price:

$80/pax

Description:

It's 1885 in Singapore and we join Molly (a precocious young Starcatcher-in-training) and three orphan boys on a secret mission — a perilous voyage across seas infested by treacherous pirates, fearsome savages, and dubious mermaids, to a faraway island ruled by an evil king. 

 Featuring a dozen actors portraying more than 100 unforgettable characters, Pangdemonium’s production of Peter and the Starcatcher will be specially adapted to an Asian setting, and is also the company’s very first family show! Full of wit and wonder, colourful characters, and fabulous musical numbers, this is an exhilarating, magical adventure for everyone from 7 to 107, and a timely statement on empowering every child with self-belief, courage and hope.

 Winner of five Tony Awards, Peter and the Starcatcher is a hilarious, hair-raising, and heartwarming prequel to the Peter Pan legend, and a celebration of the innocence, imagination and resilience of the child. 

Join us for this fun evening with award winning theatre company Pangdemonium.

EXCLUSIVE for Jane’s Insiders: Tickets include performance plus a glass of wine in a private reception area at the interval. Come socialise with Jane and friends! 

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Tuesday Discovery Walk: The History & World Heritage of the Botanic Gardens
Oct
16
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Discovery Walk: The History & World Heritage of the Botanic Gardens

A testament to Singapore’s reputation as a City in a Garden, the Singapore Botanic Gardens (SBG) became the third one to be listed as a World Heritage Site, after Kew Gardens in England and the Padova Gardens in Italy. It is also Singapore's first World Heritage Site.

During this tour, you will discover its 150 years of history, including its role as the birth place of Southeast Asia's rubber and orchid industries. Orchids have been closely associated with the Gardens since 1859 and the products of the breeding programme are displayed in their full splendour in the National Orchid Garden. With over 1,000 species and 2,000 hybrids on display, the beauty of these gorgeous blooms is absolutely a sight to behold.

Tour highlights include the bandstand; garden sculptures; Heritage Trees; and historical Burkhill Hall with its prized collection of VIP orchids such as Dendrobium Margaret Thatcher and Papilionanda William Catherine. The tour will end with a visit to the SBG's Heritage Museum which features artefacts, plant specimens, rare botanical books and botanical paintings that date back to the early 19th century. Here you will learn about the key personalities that have shaped and marked this iconic place.

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even "old timers" learn a lot. We keep to a max of 10 and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account; lots of water and air-con stops are included. Due to the small-group size the price is just a little higher.

Please note confirmation of this tour includes the exact meeting place and will be sent by email to all those registered about 24 hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Peatix or Verlocal message to all registered. We do need a minimum number of 6 to run these; occasionally we have to cancel due to insufficient numbers — but we try not to!

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history".

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you".

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour."

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A Crazy Rich Asians Evening
Oct
12
6:00 PM18:00

A Crazy Rich Asians Evening

Date: Friday 12 October

Time: 6pm - 930pm

Price: 

Early Bird to Oct 1 (includes transport and light refreshments $110.00 SGD

Standard (includes transport and light refreshments) $120.00 SGD

If you haven’t gotten your fix of Crazy Rich Asians (CRA) — and who has!! — join our unique "In the Footsteps of Crazy Rich Asians" tour. We’ll take you to some of the wonderful real sites featured in Kevin Kwan's best-selling book and just-premiered blockbuster movie as well as places that inspired the storyline and characters. Whether you've lived in Singapore all your life or you're just in town for a visit, we'll take you into the head-spinning world of Crazy Rich Asians and expose some pretty fascinating facets of our little island of contrasts.

Singapore is one of the main characters in Kwan’s book thanks to its unique blend of cultures and traditions. Likewise, it plays a starring role in the dazzling film adaption as well, given the full Hollywood treatment thanks to its eclectic mix of historic architecture and modern marvels framed by the island’s lush tropical foliage.

Jane’s "In the Footsteps of Crazy Rich Asians" tour mixes real and fictional locations from the film and book (from grandmother’s grand estate to a classic hawker center where Nick and Rachel enjoy a feast with friends Colin and Araminta) with bona fide Singaporean culture and history along the way.

With Singapore as its glamorous backdrop, it’s no surprise that the Crazy Rich Asians film is garnering raves and attention in Singapore and all over the world. Book your tickets now for this limited engagement.

Recent Review:

I was lucky enough to be on the first “Crazy Rich Asian” tour of Singapore and highly recommend it. The commentary about the life of Singapore’s rich and how they live, was well researched and a fun way to hear lots of information very relevant to Singapore in the past and present. We visited Singapore streets and locations where the movie was filmed, that you would never find yourself and a couple of refreshment stops along the way. If you loved the movie and want to hear more about life in Singapore, this tours for you.

PS: Jane got to meet handsome Henry Golding, the film's leading man, at the Singapore movie premier...see picture below! Also in our FB feed — https://www.facebook.com/JanesSGTours/.     

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Civic District
Oct
9
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Civic District

Date: Tuesday 9 October

Time: 9am - 1230pm

Price: $70

This tour will explore the historic Civic District with its beautiful and impressive colonial buildings - including the Fullerton Building (the old General Post Office), the National Gallery (former Supreme Court & City Hall buildings), the Asian Civilisations Museum, the Victoria Concert Hall & Theatre and the Arts House (the old Parliament building).

You will learn about why, how and when Sir Stamford Raffles arrived in this sparely populated island in January 1819 to set up a trading post on behalf of the East India Company, his vision for its future and how he devised an early city plan. You will also cross Cavenagh Bridge,the only suspension bridge in Singapore, made with strong Scottish steel. From there, you will learn about the importance of the Singapore River in our country's trading history.

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even “old timers” learn a lot. We keep to a maximum of 10 participants and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account — lots of water and air-con stops are included.

Please note confirmation of this tour including the exact meeting place etc will be sent via email to all those registered about 24-hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Peatix or Verlocal message to all registered.

Please note that the cost of these tours is a little higher because we are keeping the group size small.

The quality, however, will be very high. And don’t just take it from us, here are comments from a recent Tuesday Small-Group Discovery tour:

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history."

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you."

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour.”

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Goodbye My Kampong: A History & Literary Walk with Author Josephine Chia
Oct
6
9:00 AM09:00

Goodbye My Kampong: A History & Literary Walk with Author Josephine Chia

 

We are thrilled to be working with Singapore Literary Prize winning author Josephine Chia as she launches her sequel to "Kampong Spirit, Gotong Royong Life in Potong Pasir 1955 to 1965."

The new book is entitled "Goodbye My Kampong, Potong Pasir 1966 to 1975" and so reflects kampong life as experienced by Josephine a decade later.

In the company of Josephine we will explore the kampong referred to in the title of both books, namely Potong Pasir, and thus her Singapore of the 1950s, 60s, and 70s. We will hear how community life was lived as reflected in her first kampong book, and how things changed when entire villages were relocated to HDB public housing.

Both the conveniences and the costs brought about by development will be revealed and discussed in this first-hand account of our recent history.

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